My number is 25. In 25 years, the United States will be more urban and diverse than ever. In just one generation it will officially become a majority-minority nation. Right now minorities make up less than 10 percent of the State Department's leadership and only 11 percent of the U.S. Army officer corps. America needs a new playbook for defense and diplomacy, and the first play should be building more diversity in leadership.
130,930. That's the number of K-12 schools in the United States. How do we get students the digital literacy skills needed to inoculate their generation, and the nation, against viral online threats that have so threatened our democracy, national security, and public health over the last year?
My number is zero. Today, 7.8 billion people generate more than 40 gigatons of carbon dioxide. By 2050, those numbers need to add up to zero, as in net zero greenhouse gases—or we will face a planet increasingly hostile to humanity, with more conflict. So today, New America is solving for net zero.
My number is 20. It’s been 20 years since 9/11. Who could have predicted then that we’d still be in wars in 7 Muslim countries, at a cost $6 trillion and rising, 7,000 Americans dead, and tens of thousands of dead in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries around the world. So the big question for the Biden administration is how do you begin to unwind all these wars?
My number is 23. China now accounts for 23 percent of the world's cross border data flows—meaning the amount of data that flows in and out of the country. Making China the number one data superpower in the world, ahead of the United States, and challenging U.S. policymakers to craft a smart strategy for managing this new twenty-first century currency of power.